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Grateful Dead Live at Soldier Field on 1995-07-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Soldier Field on 1995-07-08

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Jack Straw, Sugaree, Wang Dang Doodle, Althea, Queen Jane Approximately, Tennessee Jed, Eternity*, Don't Ease Me In China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, It's All Too Much, Saint Of Circumstance-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Visions Of Johanna, One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Soldier Field
Location Chicago, IL

Source Soundboard patched with Audience
Lineage SBD > DAT > Cass > ? > DAT > CDR
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Transferred by Paul B


SBD>DAT>C>?>DAT>CDR; d1t07 (Eternity) from AUD source; See info file for details; via Paul B; seeded to etree by neo_levo


Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2016
Subject: I saw this show
and the last show-good recording !!!!Subject: I saw this and the next nights show
My brother lived in Chicago and we had a great 2 shows
~<->/<->\<->~. I saw
pittsburgh with Rusted Root -these shows I liked better -but

Three rivers stadium rocked in the rain

wang dang doodle

The Band -opened the show
Reviewer: carderski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2016
Subject: Dead Deushe Bags go back to your former/current suburban lives
There was a reason the dead brought you out to a "sometimes scary f'd up drugged induced setting" It's so you would quit being a puss and not worry about your compulsiveness to kick your mom in the balls when she has no balls. This show kicked ass. Not all the time, but when Jerry belted out "you can tell by the way she smiled" It went thru my soul and I have not figured out where my soul is. These and all shows kick ass. Give some real reviews like sound quality and move out of mommy's house and find some other drama.
Reviewer: StThomas - - May 1, 2015
Subject: Deconstruction Junction! What's Your Function?
It never ceases to amaze me how people in an online forum will write things to and about others that they would never dare speak if it were face to face.....or they'd get a fat fist in the mouth.
I never rate shows with stars. Who am I to judge? One man's dreadful Visions is another man's gem. You can see it all over Archive. I have one thing to say about this and every show. I'm grateful..and that's it.
Reviewer: dc in colorado - - August 11, 2012
Subject: perspective
First off, the sound quality of this recording sucks. The speed is clearly off by a mile. Zero stars. Why bother listening to 3 minutes of any track?

More to the point, how can anyone really criticize this performance? Anybody who would do that is a brain-dead heartless twerp.

As for all the fun little yellow star-ratings-- Fuck that!

As for all the boring back and forth about this era was sad, that other era was better, that tour was the hottest but this tour was lame, that song was tight but that other song was sloppy-- Fuck all that too. Save it for a sports radio call-in circle jerk.

What we have here is a record of a dying man literally spending his final breaths in an attempt to please his audience. He needed to be at home quietly healing himself. By 1995 he was clearly enjoying his side projects more than the Dead, and he certainly didn't *need* to tour anymore. Sadly, being the generous soul that he was, he let the Big Dead Machine goad him out onto the road yet again, for the sake of paychecks for all those managers and roadies and merchandisers and other hangers-on who had become dependent on the cash generated by a tour. I hope they put that money to good use. We can hear how much it cost Jerry.

So save your pathetic little game of armchair music critic for a different tour or stick it up your asses. Jerry was a great man and his memory deserves much more than that.
Reviewer: inmyriver - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2012
Subject: So Harsh!
People are so friggin' harsh on Jerry. Remember that the dude was less than a month away from dying. Dying as in DEAD! Any of us will be lucky to still be able to wipe our own asses with three weeks to live. Give the dude a break.
Reviewer: animalslikeearthquakes - favoritefavorite - November 25, 2010
Subject: Not the best.
First off, let me say that there are definitely some great moments here, albeit few and far between. Jack Straw is quite good, as is Sugaree. China Cat is bouncy and fun and Terrapin is even good once the band starts jamming on it. Drums and Space are both very decent and the latter really seems to go places.

The rest of the show however is pretty bad. It's All Too Much and Eternity are remarkably bad. The Other One is completely castrated and Visions of Johanna through the end of the show I was simply unable to listen to any of these songs all the way through.

Glad this wasn't the first Dead show I ever heard.
Reviewer: weir1965 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2010
Subject: Snydel's review is DEAD wrong
My 1st show was 1978 at the Capitol Theatre and last show was in June 1995 at Giants Stadium. I've seen well over 200 shows and feel I'm more than qualified to give an give my opinon of the review below mine.IMO 1965 to the early 83 were incredible years filled with lots of magic. 84 to mid 86 had great moments but the drugs use that lead to the coma were fucking Jerry up big time (obviously). The end of 86 with the big comeback concert - mainstream success and the start of the MEGA DEAD period were just crackling with energy. This continued right up till the time of Built to Last but the band took a HUGE HIT with Brents death. 91 and 93 saw a whole different dynamic with Bruce and Vince. Again I was totally diggin the whole thing but the scene had been changing alot and it was'nt always kind. No doubt that by 94 it was clear that Jerry's health was a HUGE FUCKEN PROBLEM but I'll tell you, I remember saying Jerry looked old or tired or whateverbut I never complained. I never minded the flubs being I understood what was happening. I loved the band, by 1994 it was a big part of my life for 16 years. Jesus Christ by that point in time it was a family member to me and still is.I saw many a show in 95 - knew the end was near and CHERISHED IT. The magic was still there - think about it, a man with less than 2 months to live brought tears to your eyes with beautiful - soulful renditions on Visions of Joanna on 7-8-95 and with So Many Roads on 7-9-95 (last show).LESS THAN 2 MONTHS TO LIVE and he did that. So in closing my advice to new listeners is take it all in 65 to 95 - hell take it FURTHUR. The magic is and has always been there. Snydel your entitled to your opinion I just respectfully disagree. See you all at Radio City and Trump in A/C . see what I saying- BOUND TO COVER JUST A LITTLE MORE GROUND !!!!
Reviewer: snydel - - January 16, 2010
Subject: C'mon folks....don't kid yourselves....
if you want to hear the Grateful Dead at their best ya gotta listen to 1966 through 1980 (1982 at the very latest). Any new listeners reading this post take my advice. You won't be disappointed. Nobody likes to hear that the years they saw the Dead in-person sucked but the reality is post-1982 Grateful Dead is nowheres near pre-1982.
Reviewer: gregulator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 17, 2009
Subject: "heal me brightly"
Just wanted to note that Jerry sang,"...Inspiration, HEAL me brighty"
I thought that it might be insightful into what Jerry was going through. It seemed to be a struggle to get the lyrics out, again, for him, and he knew it. Oh well. He wasn't the one partying on that stage, just the one getting all the blame for the Bob Weir/Vince welnik trainwreck that thier chees was heading the scene into. It was getting sold out and I probably would have used if I had to deal with what Jerry dealt with post Brent. IMO. Gnarly version of awnrey Jerry playing a scratchy other one, the only one of the tour. What else can you say about the hauntingly beautiful version of Visions. Jerry at his vocal best, ever!
Reviewer: Seamones - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2009
Subject: Not bad
It really isn't. Jerry barely remembers the intro to China Cat, let alone Terrapin. But manages to deliver a pretty sweet little version. Surprisingly, his voice sounds great...when it is making words.
Reviewer: JoeShoe - favoritefavorite - May 18, 2009
Subject: 5 stars???
5 stars for this show? Thats rich. My last show, sad to listen to, Jerry is completely lost for most of the show. Poor guy :(
Somehow he musters the energy to deliver an incredibly moving Visions of Johanna though. One of the most beautiful things I witnessed live. But the rest of the show is no great shakes. Listen for yourself
5 stars for Visions, 1 for the rest.
Reviewer: maxxJacobs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2008
Subject: Been So Long
It's been many, many years since I've herd this and I can honestly say that it is as emotional today as it was back then. WOW, what a long strange trip it has been! Visions beautiful, U.S. Blues breathtaking (Jerry was teary eyed the whole song!) I only wish I didn't sell my ticket for Sunday! I will never forgive myself for that. However the 2 St. Louis shows before this were great times (RIP Ped, I'll never forget our GD journeys or the rainbow gathering before the St. Louis shows).
Please before judging these shows realize their place in time! While they were not the shows of the 70's they still held there place for us youngsters in the late 90's! THANKS Grateful Dead!
Reviewer: Telephone Toughguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2007
Subject: killer
much better than the old stuff
Reviewer: unclesam77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2007
Subject: Visions
Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles

Jerry is loving the Visions of Johanna, and so am I
Reviewer: raybo - - November 21, 2007
Subject: wrighttp
Right on wrighttp
Right on

Reviewer: shermski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: the last time
jerry belts out I wish 'I was a headlight, on a north bound train,
Id shine my light through cool colorado rain'
Reviewer: wrighttp - favorite - August 7, 2007
Subject: Ouch
I dont think poor Jerry can remember the opening riff to terrapin station or half the lyrics at this show. Wish the band had taken a year off or something because this performance is sad, compared to what these musicians were capable of. Still has good moments though. One can always find something enjoyable in a GD show
Reviewer: brski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2007
Subject: Nice Rider
This is the next to last show, right? Out here in the scrub, while it isnt the best show I ever heard it still passes muster. And you know they were still the best band ever to pull off the donkey beat..god bless 'em
Reviewer: kidbrock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2007
Subject: reading the lyrics...doh!
my 99th and final dead show, almost made 100..
i miss ya jer, it was nice being in the phil zone for this event.I liked the version of "all too much" and it was prophetic as the next few weeks would horrifically unfold. The guy next to me was going crazy during visions, and i had to inform him that jerry was reading the words from sheet music taped on his mic stand. he didn't want to believe me and said jerry was singing from his heart and he would NEVER forget the poignant words... funny, sorry i burst his bubble. although that is a long song, even by dylan standards.
thanks for the china>rider>st of c>terrapin
Soldier field is a cool venue, too.
I'll download this for prosperity sake,
thanks boys
Reviewer: crazymadman586 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2007
Subject: VERY NICE
I think this show sounds great. Besides Visions of Johanna Jerry sings a great Althea China cat and U.S blues. Yes the recording sounds a bit rushed, but for 1995 they sound great.
Reviewer: judypunch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2006
Subject: Leave the negativity elsewhere
I don't think the Dead have ever been about perfect. Where's the fun in that anyway!? Why not just keep the negativity to yourself. It's disgusting to hear people actually make some of the comments that they have made here. Listen to someone else if you can't appreciate the good vibes and great music that the Dead have been playing for all the years. Nothing but admiration and appreciation here. I only wish that Jerry was still here and that the Dead were still playing great music, having fun, and taking us along for the ride.
Reviewer: williamo - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2006
Subject: Not so bad
Sounds fine to me. Sugaree?? Jerry's solo was quite passable.

The tape is definitely fast, though. Jerry sounds like one of the Chipmunks on Visions...
Reviewer: FuzzyOne - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2006
Subject: Ouch...
It hurts to hear Jerry start China. Man...back in 95 when I was getting these shows as they came out during tour, for some reason I thought they were OK (any Dead show is a good show! Right???)...but as I listen to almost any 95 show now, I have found myself following in the footsteps of what many others were sayin back then...this is sad.
Reviewer: mymokidugway - favorite - June 2, 2006
Subject: My last show.
This was my last show, it makes me wish that I had stopped at 12-19-94, my last show before this one. This show is HORRIBLE, its an embarassment to anyone who likes dead music. 95 was the worst year ever for the boys; the only competent shows I've heard are the Salt Lake shows, and 5-26 in Seattle, the rest have been crap. The scene was shit at these shows as well; I went to every Soldier Field show since 92 and I never saw half the drunk people getting carried off on strechers before this. This show was so bad that I skipped the next night even though I was living only 2 hours away at the time. After hearing the next night I'm not dissapionted; even if it was the last dead show ever. Oh yeah, while I'm complaining, why does everybody bitch about Vince so much, to me Brent sucks just as bad. Tons of Steel c'mon, thats the cheesiest dead song ever. Maybe if some of these people would listen to some good 90s dead they could actually make an informed judgement on how bad the 90s sucked. I saw shows in the 90s that in my opinion were just as good as anything they played w/ Brent. I know that I'm in the minority here though so I'll shut up. If you want to here a good 90s show, check out 6-25-92; this is what Chi-Town Dead should sound like. Strangely enough, the Visions at the show is one of the most poignant moments I ever witnessed at a dead show. It was like Jerry saying goodbye to us. It actually brings a tear to my eye; Goodbye Jer, we love you. Goes to show you don't ever know!
Reviewer: tamedturtle - favorite - April 17, 2006
Subject: better than tomorrow
the the jams were nothing short of typical it didnt really get me moving at all though the drums were weak and china rider was just average visions was pretty on (for 90's dead standards)but like the rest said a very unimpressive show from a very unimpressive last five years i hate to be so negative and critical but man its just not even the same band to me its not even really worth a listen but if u must for historic or sentimental value its one that goes straight back in the archives

****my stars are as follows
1-unmotivated/terrible performace (for dead standards)(not reallY worth a listen/painful)
2-sub par dead (music may have a been a little weak/typical lyrical flub and such unspiring jam and low energy )
(most 90s dead falls in the 1 and 2
3-average...(most shows fall in here)
4-above par performace interesting and inspiring jams and renditions of songs high energy and untypical setlists and performace
5-creme de la creme....(few shows)

just so you all didnt think im just a hater or give it 5 stars bc a attended
Reviewer: ScoobySnack - favoritefavorite - April 5, 2006
Subject: Sound isn't bad, but...
...unfotunately the show is pretty snooze-inducing. Not as godawful as the next night, but still an powerful argument for how far this band fell the last 3-4 years of its career.
Reviewer: oogabooga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2006
Subject: I was there.
very good show. During visions of johanna when Jerry sang the lyrics "You know mona lisa had the highway blues, you can tell by the way she smiles" he waved his fist in the air. As you know Jerry was never very showy. It gave me goosebumps and still does.
Reviewer: jammy - favoritefavorite - October 13, 2005
Subject: The End
The Visions is nice. I remember thinking that was the only song Jerry really nailed this show. Below average show from a poor year.
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - favoritefavorite - September 29, 2005
Subject: Not Too Bad
A very nice recording. The crowd seems to enjoy. I think it is a pretty good show. Nice song selection.

Not much in the way of extended anything, but sounds okay.
Reviewer: Dylanstubs - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2005
Subject: just don't tell 'em . . .
Really not so bad for a '95 show. Better than the next day. The recording does sound fast though. Interesting how Jerry sang "just don't tell 'em you *knew* me" instead of "know me" in Sugaree. Already thinking in the past tense. RIP Papa.
Reviewer: Chumba - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: Last Chance!
Get Visions of Johanna while you can its soon to be released on "Garcia Plays Dylan" due out in oct 2005
Reviewer: Wavey Davey - favorite - September 14, 2005
Subject: speedy
way fast folks
dl the fob
unless you have pitch correction
Reviewer: shakedownst44 - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2005
Subject: terrapin was sort of tight....
for being the last terrapin ever, im listening to it now and its making me groove a little bit. jerry was not too bad at all guitar playing wise,and at times throughout this show was damn tight!!. but i feel sometimes vince ruins it w/his keys and vox.after brent died, things seemed to get just mad f%^ked up!! overall this show was alrite. then theres the next day......
Reviewer: crawl246 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: My Last Show
All the Dead shows were great to me,always wonderful. Jerry ever the charmer to the crowd.
Representing the spirit I wish more Americans would/could embrace. Litterbugs and misbehavers in the crowd gave the Dead an image they didn't merit. Could've had a different keyboard player, but what do I know! Was a quiet atmosphere, people twirling etc.. If Jerry opted to stick around on this plane I would've kept on attending indefinitely-Even with the corny follow the bouncing ball lyrics to Tennessee Jed up on the screen.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favorite - July 5, 2005
Subject: sad
well said Dougly.
Reviewer: dougly - favorite - May 30, 2005
Subject: my last show
It's not as bad as some other shows i saw in '95, but it was bad enough, saving the Visions of Johanna. I had never heard that live before and was impressed by it that night. Still, i remember leaving this show and thinking that it would be my last show, because it just wasn't worth it anymore. Why put yourself through the diappointment? I'm not an old head from the 60's ruminating over the days at the Filmore. But I saw enough shows in the late 80's-early90's to know the difference between potentially mind-blowing and generally terrible, which accurately describes this concert.
Reviewer: Darkstar Drummer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2005
Subject: My first and only Dead show
This was the only Dead show I ever attended...I was 16. That's the main reason I gave it 4 stars since I realize it wasn't a very good performance.

Sadly, I didn't appreciate the Grateful Dead then as much as I do now. Now, after hearing this, I wish I had appreciated them more.
Reviewer: Doug Berkman - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2005
Subject: Rough night but some shining moments
No way to hide it, this night's sugaree is the roughest. I was in the taper's section way at the other end of the stadium, so I couldn't see what was going on but it sounded rough. The band does ramp up from time to time, but it's obvious that it's not going to explode. Visions of Johana is so beautiful and poignant for me that it's hard to describe. If nothing else listen to this song (I think it's on the fallout from the phil zone Cds from GDP).
Overall sound quality is decent, with the balance being better than many from this era. Eternity is from a boomy AUD source.
Reviewer: touch heads rule - favorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: Hurdy-Gurdy Hell
Just one more night to endure after this of Vince's hurdy-gurdy hell than we will be free.
Free at last free at last...
Reviewer: Sgt. Justice - favorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: End
Nice fist pump from Jerry during "Visions..", was his last bit of energy for the time....
Reviewer: Ben C - favoritefavorite - January 7, 2005
Subject: sweet sweet...
Visions of Johanna!!

I have to say that I prefer the AUD version of this track better, feeling the crowd energy after the Mona Lisa line gives me chills just thinking about it. The crowd is barely noticeable on the SBD version.
Reviewer: Imercator - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2004
Subject: Could be worse
Not such a terrible show. Sure, far from perfect but by no means the worst of the '95 summer tour. Strong 'Jack Straw' to start with at least. China>Rider being on the other hand relativly short and unadventurous. Has it's ups and downs - Garcia flubs some lyrics and misses a few guitar cues, but I found it to be a surprisingly coherent show for such a late date. Sound quailty is very good throughout with no major hick-ups to report, though 'Eternity' is patched from an AUD source.
Reviewer: CarnivorousLamb - favorite - June 2, 2004
Subject: Very bad show
This is the worst Dead show I have attended with Jerry! The lyric flubs are in almost every song. The weakest China/Rider all year. I'm just glad this wasn't their last show!
Reviewer: August8 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2004
Subject: Ain't it just like the night.....
What's to say? I can remember the weather in Chicago being just about perfect. Wish I could say the same for the Grateful Dead. First off the sound quality of this show is great, the band's performance average. Good and solid Jack Straw opener had this reviewers hopes up. Next came a 11 minute Sugaree and it had the lyrical mistakes not uncommon in '95. Wang Dang was good and the rest of the set good. Second set was the same as the first. China>Rider was average, All Too Much was good and I enjoyed Vince on this one. Saint is Saint and a solid version. This is where the show kinda came apart for me. I was hoping and praying that Jerry would remember the lyrics to one of the Dead's classics Terrapin Station....It was rough and the "Inspiration" came over weak. Drumz was tight and the Billy and Mickey did what they do best! A short but lively The Other One followed and now it was time for the Jerry Ballad. What would it be? Sounded like Wharf Rat but no! Visions of Johanna came creeping out of The Other One. Thanks to the Tele-Prompters Jerry nailed it....I still get goose bumps when he sings about Mona Lisa and her highway blues and pumped his fist in the air...As if to say "it's alright children, I am here now." Great song and worth the download alone. Saturday Night followed and now it was time for the encore. I like many other people I know now call this the U.S. Blues jam as Jerry forgot about all the words. If you were there and want look back then get this show. Thank you Jerry and the Grateful Dead.
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